New face at VtV Network!
Say hello to new Office Manager Betsy Clagett
Betsy has been involved with villages since 2010 when she became the office manager of Mount Vernon At Home, a village in Alexandria, VA. She was extensively involved there, coordinating with members and volunteers, newsletter production, marketing material development, financial reports, and a variety of other activities.
Prior to Mount Vernon At Home, Betsy had a wide range of professional activities including 8 years as marketing/event coordination at an historic rental venue and 15 years as a defense contractor supporting naval warfare logistics programs.
Betsy holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband have three daughters who have “grown and flown” to different parts of the world.
At Home Chesapeake Celebrates Ten Years in Anne Arundel County
Recently At Home Chesapeake (AHC) celebrated its 10th anniversary at Café Bretton. In 2008 under the leadership of Maureen Cavaiola, AHC created a “Village” in Anne Arundel County and the first such “Village” in Maryland to educate and empower its members to live and age well in their own homes, rather than live out their lives in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Today there are 23 “Villages” in the state.
Bettie Farrar, current Managing Director, welcomed members and guests. Speakers included Maureen Cavaiola who traveled from her new home in San Diego, Peter Engstrom, a member who also sits on the national Village to Village Network Board of Directors and Barbara Buchleitner representing Pamela Jordan of the Anne Arundel County Dept. on Aging and Disabilities.
The mission, vision, goals and strategic approach adopted by the national movement were originally developed by AHC. AHC’s Master Aging Plan has been adopted by many of the existing “Villages”.
AHC provides social connectivity and helps reverse the social isolation of many seniors. It is not a fee-for-service group as some “Villages” are. According to AARP, over 1,000 “Villages” will develop over the next 10 years. The “Village” movement is now recognized as the first grand social movement of the 21st century. Aging Americans do not want to move; many cannot afford the costs of a traditional continuing care retirement community and our communities do not have resources needed to provide them with the quality of life they seek in their later years.
Nationally, there has evolved a true understanding across the government and across organizations working on aging issues that the “Village” movement is one of the best ways to meet the challenges of aging in America. At Home Chesapeake is proud to have been in the forefront of this movement, right here in Anne Arundel County.
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